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A Full Moon, a Blue Moon on July 31!

This little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine

Oh, this little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine…

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

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With Sun in Leo, the power of self-expression is at its height! With Moon in Aquarius art and expression are a community activity. Leo loves to show the soul’s purpose through joyous expession. Aquarian energy shows us our kinship with all of humanity and with plants and animals as well.   This is not on a mystical basis, but rather on a scientific platform.

Two famous Aquarians Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same date (February 12, 1809), . In quite different ways these astrological ‘twins’ changed the outlook of Western culture to embrace a more holistic view of who we are.

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Lincoln led a nation at war  over slavery. Those who believed that humanity is one race, won the war, transformed the economy, and the political structure. The rejection of slavery and the embrace that ‘ALL men are created equal’ has continued to be elaborated with evidence of our common humanity through scientific (Aquarian) evidence of DNA.

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Darwin in his exploration of evolution turned the Western mindset from a Biblical story of man’s special place in God’s universe, to a common understanding of humanity’s place as a part of an ever changing creation. Again scientific evidence from Darwin and other naturalists, and studies of DNA taught us we share most of our genetic material with grasshoppers and bananas.   The conclusion that everything alive on the planet is made from the same basic material, and developed from single cells of living material is an Aquarian world view.

Yet Aquarius is also the sign of technology and the development of machines, which are destroying the natural world. There seems to be a strange contest between an expanding consciousness of our interconnected fate, and a thoughtless race to destroy the very fabric into which we are woven.

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July 31st is the eve of Lughnasadh, the first harvest festival of the Druid year. It is the time to give thanks for harvest of the Northern Hemisphere, and to acknowledge the sacrifice that plants and animals make to our well being. It is also the time to remember the changes that took place as ancestors went from hunter gatherer, nomads to settled farmers with secure food sources. It is a day of bread and of fire, games, and weddings.

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This is when the chorus of insects is heard on summer evenings.  Their voices life in praise of summer nights and the mother who feeds us.

Nameless

How to speak of it:

the bramble path to the heart,

the wind as it rolls flat

all that grew in the sweet fields of May.

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The season of bread and sorrow

fast approaches. Lughnasadh

casts a shadow in the hot and golden

fields of summer, where cicadas thrum.

Unspeakable how, the Moon, as she rises

catches the light of the run away Sun,

who lies hidden beneath the earth.

Sarah Fuhro     July 12, 2014

This is the second full Moon of the month, and so is called a ‘Blue Moon.’ Some say this is because the Maine Farmer’s Almanac circled the second full Moon of the month in blue. There is no astrological significance in a Blue Moon, it is the endless task of fitting a 13 Moon lunar cycle into a 12 month Solar cycle. Every nineteen years there is a blue Moon in the same month, on or close to the same date. Nineteen is the Sun’s number in relationship to the Moon.

And why not celebrate this abundance of two full Moons, this time of ripening harvest, and pulsing heat. This is Leo, with Sun as ruler dancing across from bright Luna! This is the full Moon when Samhain herbs are gathered to bring light into a dark season.

July 31 Full MoonSaturn will turn direct on August 1st.  Time to get back to work, but only after cleaning out (Scorpio) treasures of deep exploration in the closet of old truths.   Saturn rules boundaries, fences, edges. Jupiter in Leo will square this Saturn on August 3rd. The Saturnic desire for limits must be woven with Jupiter in Leo’s limitless enthusiasm.   Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11 where will he and we put our energies in this earth element sign?

As the Moon in Aquarius fills, and rises at sunset opposite Leo Sun, we might look at the symbolism of Cecil the lion, and the Aquarian Internet fury his death has aroused. Each full Moon offers us the opportunity to integrate oppositional forces within us and around us.   Cecil grass

One of the symbols of Aquarius is the human being.  Aquarius does not value the privilege money can buy. The voice of thousands of people who are hurt and outraged by Cecil’s death, spoken via electronic means is a perfect expression of this sign.Leo honors the monarch and the expression of powerful gifts shared in the community.

Each of us has both Aquarius and Leo in our charts. Dance to the music of their full Moon!

Sarah Fuhro

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Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

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A Full Moon in Gemini       December 6, 2014             

In celebration of the full Moon in Gemini, we have a Uranus/Pluto square, astrological symbol of the past few years! This will be the sixth of seven exact squares stretched from 2012-2015. It will provide an extra injection of gabby energy into the electrical Gemini full Moon. A Gemini full Moon is already full of verbal overflow, Mercurial monkey mind, wide curiosity and unfinished business. The intellect is buzzing in several directions at once.

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Uranus, considered a higher expression of Mercury is in a close relationship to both Sun and Moon.   We are almost certain to hear or to take part in the rhetoric of spiritual or political concepts. Uranus was born from Chaos, and is both son and husband to Gaia, the earth mother. In our charts he plays the part of sculptor to our individuality. In the wider world he is the revolutionary, sometimes humanistic, sometimes anarchic. At the present time he is in Aries, the sign of Mars, while Mars is in his sign of Aquarius. I think this may have something to do with the deep urge towards war and the warrior’s response, whether it be the appeal of ISIS to young people from all over the world, or the ‘adult’ response to bomb and repress what looks chaotic and dangerous, each side upping the level of violence. If we are conscious of this impulse towards anger and defensive response, we may be able to transform it into actions that will be fueled by the energy of the moment, but will open new doors to understanding instead of destruction!  This will take a deep appreciation of silence and slowness which is at odds with the impulse to respond quickly and decisively.

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The influence of Pluto is more difficult to discern because he stands ‘inconjunct’ Sun and Moon, but he is moving through this period with slow but deep powers of transformation. He is the god of the underworld, but it’s always important to remember he is also the god of ‘riches’ as in ‘Plutocrat’. That inexorable power that we associate with Hades/Death has treasures for us when we dare to delve into its depth.  The treasure we need on earth seems to be an unexpected appreciation of difference, which is a Sagittarian characteristic.

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Mercury, who rules the sign of Gemini is cheek and jowl with the  Sun in Sagittarius. The opposition between the Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius is not as contrary as some others.   Both signs are concerned with education, travel, and a variety of communication. Both have an optimistic flavor, and perhaps that is because communication is central to human endeavor and evolution. Programs, which allow those traumatized by war or abuse to speak of their experiences, have showed amazing results to heal and transform pain into speech. Maybe that’s why the Greeks saw Hermes and Hades as natural companions.

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Here’s a picture of Hades (Pluto) returning his stolen bride Persephone to the world of sunshine. He has the company of Hermes (Mercury) and Hekate, once Maiden, Mother and Crone, later demoted to goddess of magic and mystery, all things hidden from day light consciousness. This is an interesting combination of processional companions.  Mercury’s function is to help us think in new directions, rather than go round and round in obsession.  The relationship between Hades, Persephone, Hekate and Mercury is one that can open our eyes to new ways of seeing what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad.’

Chiron the healer is also closely linked in this chart to the Sun and Moon, Uranus and Pluto. Demeter (Ceres) and Hera (Juno) are in the mix as well.   Chiron, like the symbol for Sagittarius is a centaur with the archer’s desire to hit the target. His healing powers were always balanced by his wound, which never healed despite his ability to heal others. Chiron in our chart speaks of a wound which can be turned into a healing power.

I think this time (and chart) of the full Moon are a moment of integration between the material world and the spiritual underpinnings of our consciousness.   We are fast approaching the moment of the Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the South.   The play of light dark at opposite extremes seems everywhere around us.

Impossible Feat

Here in the frantic and rundown part of my life

I halt to see if I am catching up with my shadow.

I yearn to tell about the pain of silence, to speak,

but cannot form the words which howl like wolves.

Surely, I can wait long enough for the sound

to catch up with my speedy travel through space.

The fall of leaves strike me as momentous

They cover the sound of my own fall into darkness.

I was here in a workaday world,

I held myself together with sound.

I turned a corner and found

I was lost in a fog, on a rocky cliff.

Below is tied the tiny dinghy

which will be my test and trial.

She rattles against the dark stones

oarless and rudderless for me to steer.

It’s a dream, it’s a dream!

I can wake and find the path home.

Shame is banished and I am free

of the odious task I cannot attain.

Then I experience disintegration,

not at an even pace, but in heartbeats.

Most of the pieces will get put back together

but not in their original form or place.

My nose may become my bellybutton,

my legs may take the place of my ears.

I know the rules of rebirth are written

on parchment invisible to the pregnant eye.

In the meantime I ask to be a mouthpiece

for the toad I saw eaten by snake much too slowly.

By now toad is snake and snake is robust with toad.

What seemed impossible has taken place.

The woodland path, no longer their theater,

is where I enter and perform my impossible feat.

Sarah Fuhro     November 2005

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A New Moon in Leo for 2014

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            The  new Moon at 03 degrees of Leo arrives as a beautiful open Sunflower. This is the sacred plant of Leo, and both are ruled by the Sun. The birds planted this one in my garden from the seeds I fed them all winter. Each new Moon is a seed planted in dark moist soil, a secret at the moment of conception, but a plan is already held in its design. The pattern of the Sunflower is both an invitation to open and shine, like the Leonic Sun, and a call to walk the circular path to the inner Self.   This new Moon celebrates the arrival of the Sun to Leo where he is most at home. For those of us on the East coast of North America, the new Moon will take place at 6:41 pm on Saturday, July 26th.

New Moon in Leo 2014

We have just finished a lunar cycle in the Moon’s sign of Cancer, now we celebrate the Sun in Leo. Cancer rules the fourth house in the astrology chart. This is the location of issues around the home of origin, where and how you grew up as well as the place where you live in this part of your life.   Leo is located in the fifth house of creativity, love affairs and self expression. The House of the Moon and the House of the Sun are next to one another. We need a safe home to be creative and self expressive.

These are the days of heat and sunshine for the Northern Hemisphere. Leo celebrates our ability to shine no matter what season or where we live, and invites us to acknowledge our creative spirit, to give off light, and to be courageous in our life expression. The heart and spine are ‘ruled’ by Leo, and we all know that Leo the Lion is the ‘king of the beasts.’

Like the Sun, Jupiter has also recently moved from Cancer (the Moon’s sign) to Leo (the Sun’s sign). The three, Sum, Moon and Jupiter are in a rendezvous of joyous optimism and self confidence. This is our opportunity to feel the difference between egotism and self expression! The ego is always in a defensive position, while true self expression is a celebration of our gifts to share and the ability to appreciate the gifts of others.

Jupiter’s optimism is boundless. He is the largest planet in the solar system, and promotes expansion and the energy to carry out what might otherwise look impossible.   Jupiter has a huge magnetic field, and transmits more radio emissions than our Sun. After all, he is Zeus, the King of the Gods!

I’ve had several astrology clients this week who were born with their Uranus close to this same degree of early Leo where the Sun Moon and Jupiter are located.   This includes those born between 1955-7. The excitement and creative possibilities with Jupiter and a new Moon bouncing off your natal Leo Uranus (electric excitement, revolutionary possibilities) will provide the music for a cosmic dance!

Jupiter and earth TheSun            Just to make the mix even more powerful for all of us, Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon make a square to Mars who has recently entered Scorpio, which he rules from an underground station.   He adds a hint of mystery and depth to this trio of great ones in the sunshine of Leo. Mars in Scorpio is very powerful in a behind the scenes way. His square to the bright light of Leo suggests that there is more than sunshine to this aspect.   At his highest level he will give that lovely sense of possibility a focus to the powerful creative urges that are at work at this time.

Pluto, lord of the underworld and Venus in Cancer eye each other across the chart. Like all oppositions they challenge us to think beyond polarities. To help that cause Mercury, also in Cancer is lined up to square Uranus, suggesting a unique way to think about old divisions. Most of us have our own black and white, positive and negative pillars we might consider in a neutral light like the High Priestess. Her power comes from her integration of opposites. She sits between the pillars of dark and light, with the symbols of male and female on the curtain behind her, while she wears the crown of new, full and waning Moon.   All steps of the cycle are open to her because she values the entire process.

High Pristess            Lughnasadh or Lammas is celebrated around the 1st of August.
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This is the time of the first harvest festival and commemorates the change from hunter gatherer tribal societies always on the move to settled agriculture. It is the season of bread and is the name for the month of August in Ireland, where traditional games are held in the honor Lugh’s foster mother who died as she plowed the hills for agriculture.   It is a traditional time of weddings, but there is a sadness held in these days of harvest and sunshine. Perhaps it is a shared sadness with the cutting down of the grain, which has grown all summer. The light is beginning to retreat and there is a nostalgia for what was lost as the old paths of the ancestral migrations were forsaken, in exchange for the security of village life.

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Lughnasadh   is the opportunity to see the soul as a grain of corn.   We can feel its cycle from seed to sprout to full grown grain, ground by the mill wheel, and turned into flour, which is mixed with yeast and water and fire to make bread!   Here is a poem I wrote for Lughnasadh this year:

Nameless

How to speak of it:

the bramble path to the heart,

the wind as it rolls flat all that

grew in the sweet fields of May.

As we cut away the dead branches

small green whiskers grow out

in such unexpected places.

The season of bread and sorrow

fast approaches. Lughnasadh

casts a shadow in the hot and golden

fields of summer, where cicadas thrum.

Unspeakable how, the Moon, as she rises

catches the light of the run away Sun,

who lies hidden beneath the earth.

Sarah Fuhro     July 12, 2014

May you dance under the Leo Sun with pleasure, and feel your unique expression unfold in whatever form it may take in your heart.

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

At Lughnasadh, like a loaf of fresh bread, the 2015 Lunar Calendar will be ready for you to order.   This is the best way to keep in touch with the Moon throughout the year! Potry and art celebrate each cycle of the Moon with lots of lunar information!   https://www.thelunapress.com/


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